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08:15 Registration, networking and coffee


08.50  Welcome from Lucinda Case, Head of Legal Professionals Europe and Chair,  Helen Randall, Partner and Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Trowers & Hamlins

  • What does it mean to improve culture?


09:15 Keynote addresses

Karen Findlay, Chief Superintendant, London Metropolitan Police, and Womens Premier League Scotland Rugby Coach for Harlequins

Nazir Afzal OBE, Solicitor and formerly Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and Director, London


10:00 Examining data of women in Managing Partner positions and senior leadership positions in the corporate world and the top 50 law firms in the UK


10:15 Managing/Senior Partner and buy-side perspective: What can clients do to help law firms make organisational and cultural change?

  • What steps have been taken done to make a difference to organisations culture?
  • What worked and what hasn’t?
  • Unravelling the barriers around good culture and moving forward.
  • How do you provide positions that are not about Partnership? How to keep people motivated and retain them
Jennie Gubbins, Senior Partner, Trowers & Hamlins
Bronagh Kennedy, Group Company Secretary and General Counsel, Severn Trent Water 
James Palmer, Chair and Senior Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kyle Williams, Managing Director, EMEA Corporate, Finance & Consumer Banking Legal,  Goldman Sachs International

11.00 Morning break


11.30 D&I research – The global perspective and how the UK compared

Acritas, now a part of Thomson Reuters Europe, has taken TWLL research global, and will share how the UK compared and what we have learned about strategies for success on an international level. Acritas also worked with the GC D&I group to help them formulate an approach to working with their law firms on D&I which involved a consultation with D&I experts with firms. Lisa will share some of the key findings and the 10 practical steps that came out as a result

Lisa Hart Shepherd, Vice President of Research and Advisory Services, Thomson Reuters

11:45 Morning roundtable workshops

Delegates will split into roundtable workshops where they will discuss the findings of the Acritas report as well as experiences and insights so they leave with practical takeaways.

Ensuring fair opportunity

  • How to take the bias out of work and promotion opportunities to ensure fairness for all

Kuljit Bhogal, Cornerstone Barristers



  • How to put together a 50/50 shortlist

Clare Beresford, CEO, Laurence Simons


Workshop 2:

Making mentoring and sponsorship a success: 

Hear from a male and female who have experience of sponsoring a female lawyer to a successful career.

  • Ensuring a quality and mentoring process
  • Top tips around a good mentoring programme
  • What has worked and what hasn’t worked. Hear from upcoming senior leaders as to what they want and need from the programmes

Susan Bright, Regional Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells

Jeremy Barton, General Counsel, KPMG

Networking events

  • How can you make this work for everyone – overcoming natural social groups and making networking a bonus not an extra burden
  • Intersectionality – planning more creative events balancing the needs of all parties

Workshop 3:

Flexible and agile working practice

  • How to make programs successful with take-up from both men and women of all ages and seniority regardless of whether they have family commitments or not
  • How can you involve people at different stages of their career?
  • How can a firms equity system flex to reflect life style choices?

Working with clients to further gender diversity

Considering Intersectionality

How to cooperate with other internal networks (e.g. LGBT+, Disability, Generational, Ethnicity)?  

What are your clients wanting from your organisation on inclusion? 

What are within the client tenders?  What is the external image of your organisations?  

Emma Cusdin, Director, Global Butterflies

12:35 Key take-aways from morning workshops

12:50 How can we address bullying and sexual harassment in legal workplaces? Lessons from the IBA's global campaign

  • 1 year, 6 continents, 30 cities, 100s of meetings with law firms, bars, regulators and civil society

Kieran Pender, Senior Legal Advisor, International Bar Association (IBA)

13:15 Buffet lunch

14:00 Afternoon roundtable workshops

Choose one from the below three workshops. Delegates will split into roundtable workshops where they will discuss key experiences and insights so they leave with practical takeaways.


Workshop 1: Flexible working / life style work balance and balancing careers to reach leadership positions. 

How do you reach leadership positions to leadership if you want to work on a flexible basis and have other responsibilities? Is this being adequately tackled at the same time as balancing the needs of the business?

  • How can an organisation create the culture for men and women if they want to flourish to leadership positions?
  • Where is the demand to work long hours coming from?
  • What happens if you don’t have children/family commitments but have other outside priorities?
  • Building trust within your team
  • What steps need to be taken?


Claire Clarke, Managing Partner, Mills & Reeve

Saira Salimi, Speakers Counsel, House of Commons

Tom Leman, Partner, Pinsent Masons


Workshop 2: Getting your voice heard and making a difference - Practical tips about how to increase your influence as a change agent and build confidence in the workplace

How do you make change in an organisation if you’re not at the top?

  • Cultivate confidence
  • Refine your message
  • Stay resilient
  • Become un-ignorable

Justine Lutterodt and Elias Westerdahl, Synchronous Leadership

Stephanie Hamon, Head of Legal Operations Consulting, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jeremy Barton, General Counsel, KPMG

Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Coca Cola, European Partners

Workshop 3: Taking ownership of your career path

Hear from women and men and how they managed their own careers and their teams. Hear how they took time out from work through sabbaticals, maternity, paternity cover, travel, illness etc, and how they successfully got back in the work place.

  • How you manage for juniors coming through the ranks?
  • How you to take ownership of your careers (3-5 year plan)
  • Identifying the career track you are on and making the right steps
  • Navigating the hurdles returning to work
  • Women on Boards perspective:  Broadening your career path to the portfolio model

Stephanie Dillon, Co-Founder Reignite Academy

Christina Blacklaws, Formerly President of the Law Society


14:50 Afternoon tea break 

15:20 NEW FORMAT: TWLL Experiential boardroom session

It all starts with a communication from a prospective corporate client that the tender from your law firm for panel membership is likely to fail on grounds of lack of evidence that the firm's working practices facilitate the involvement and fulfilment of women at all levels. This is how this Boardroom Dilemmas series opens, setting the scene for an interactive conversation between the buy-side and sell side designed to help leaders consider practical solutions to the complexities of reputation, crisis and resilience, using simulation techniques.

Daniel Greenberg, General Editor, Annotated Statutes and Insight, Westlaw UK, Counsel for Domestic Legislation, House of Commons

Emma Codd, Global Special Advisor, Inclusion, Deloitte


16:20 What change is the in-house community doing to drive cultural change?

Hear from GCs who are doing great things in different areas. What are they doing to make change? What challenges have they experienced when driving change and what are their lessons learnt?

  • This session will examine specific intervention methods corporates are making to make change
  • What are the difficult conversations they have had to go through?
  • What are people thinking about in the future?

Julia Hayhoe, Chief Strategy Officer, Baker McKenzie

Natalia Nicolaidis, General Counsel, Credit Suisse

Chris Seaton, Senior Partner, Burges Salmon


17:00 Key takeaways, conclusions and close of conference accompanied by drinks and canapés


*Conference agenda is provisional and may be updated without notice.